What does a Packer do?
Packers work in warehouse environments and prepare finished products to be packaged and shipped. They’re often assigned specific zones or areas where they retrieve items as needed from inventory stock, check to see that they are in good condition, wrap them securely and safely, and pack them up for shipping. Packers receive invoices that list the necessary items to be placed in the shipments; they retrieve them from inventory and update inventory tallies to reflect items removed.
When a box is ready for shipment, a packer weighs it and ensures the items and shipping information match the invoice. They keep products separated and organized and in good rotation. They monitor products frequently and report problems to mitigate any safety issues. Packers operate various equipment types, including forklifts, wrappers, and dolly loaders, and report any mechanical problems. They follow safety regulations and maintain clean, sanitary, and save work areas, scan and sort outgoing stock, and need a minimum high school diploma, GED, or equivalent and forklift certification within 90 days of starting their job.
- This position involves inspecting, trimming, and packing plastic parts.
- Meet specifics of customer orders in a timely manner.
- Record product, packaging, and order information on specified forms and records.
- Use equipment to track, monitor and verify products for distribution.
- Tape boxes and manually transfer product to stacking area.
- Responsible for the operation and adjustment of blow mold machinery and equipment.
- Associate's Degree or higher in computer science.
- Experienced with loading and packing procedures.
- Able to work around moving machines like order pickers, forklifts, and mobile carts.
- Demonstrated manual dexterity and attention to detail.
Average Base Pay
Packer Career Path
Learn how to become a Packer, what skills and education you need to succeed, and what level of pay to expect at each step on your career path.
Years of Experience Distribution
“I am hard working and work well in a team and my time keeping is really good”
“Very long hours great if you have no social life.The owners treat you like an idiot.”
“I started during the pandemic and ended up staying 2 years because the overtime pay was great.”
“Hispanic only job and if you’re not you will be harassed and fired for absolutely nothing.”
“I really enjoyed my time with this company the people are awesome to work for and work with.”
“Super happy and impressed with what I have experienced so far and very excited for my career with Heron Foods.”
“Good pay with raises and potential to make 30% on top of what you make once you get experienced.”
“Money is great and you don't have to work more than 4 days a week.”
Frequently asked questions about the role and responsibilities of a Packer
When working as a Packer, the most common skills you will need to perform your job and for career success are English Language, Attention To Detail, Urgency, Computer Literate and Fork Lift.
- Material Handler
- Forklift Operator
- Warehouse Worker
The most common qualifications to become a Packer is a minimum of a Bachelor's Degree and an average of 0 - 1 of experience not including years spent in education and/or training.